Wednesday, March 25, 2020

IHSA maintains commitment to a spring sports season

The Illinois High School Association reiterated the association's commitment to providing a spring sports season earlier today. Today, coaches, athletic directors and school administrators received a brief update from Executive Director Craig Anderson.

Anderson said that the IHSA is monitoring updates from government officials on COVID-19.

Once schools receive the okay to resume in-person instruction, administrators for each spring sport will assess feasibility and look at scheduling options. The IHSA could potentially offer their championship series during the summer months depending on the availability of available facilities.

IHSA Member School Administrators & Spring Sport Coaches,

I know this time continues to be a challenge for all of us. I hope this note finds you well.

As the IHSA staff and Board of Directors continue to monitor updates from government offices, as well as state and local health departments, we continue to support the possibility of our member schools completing both regular- and post-season spring sport seasons. The date schools are allowed to return to session will determine the length of the spring sports season and the potential of an IHSA State Series.

We will be working with our Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) to determine the need for an acclimatization period in advance of competition once school resumes. No timeline has been set at this time.

We are considering an extension of the spring sports season limitation to provide more participation opportunities for students. This may include movement of the post-season timelines and State Series.

We will continue to provide updates as new information is available. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

If you need to contact our office, please do so via email as we are adhering to the "stay at home" directive.

Craig Anderson
IHSA Executive Director


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